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Brookes offers multi-faceted ways of developing your knowledge and pursuing your studies. In addition to more conventional teaching, you’ll be able to learn from your peers, the community around you and through the University’s many contacts and resources.
Just some of these learning channels include a postgraduate community that is continually developing organically around the interests of its students, and community engagement activities where you get to share your passion for your subject with local people.
Many courses also offer the practical application of your learning through industry placements, professional skills development and much more.
Here are just some of the things Nikki Green (featured below) valued as a postgraduate:
Nikki Green is the HR and Administrative Manager at Prime Research, a global agency specialising in strategic media communications, analysis and consulting. She studied part time for an MA in International Studies.
I enjoyed a great network of fellow postgraduates and we became a band of Brookes ‘study buddies’ and mates. We learnt from each other - sharing ideas and thinking on all sorts of topics across our various disciplines - and had fun together. Nicki Green, HR and Administrative Manager
I enjoyed a great network of fellow postgraduates and we became a band of Brookes ‘study buddies’ and mates. We learnt from each other - sharing ideas and thinking on all sorts of topics across our various disciplines - and had fun together.
“It was the lecturers - Lucy Ford and Gary Browning, in particular – who inspired me to continue my BA with an MA. I didn’t want to leave and wanted to go back for more – and it had to be Brookes or nowhere. They had a knack of asking those potent, probing questions that would wake up even the most apathetic students and challenge their attitudes and thinking.
Lucy in particular opened my eyes to the global importance of environmental issues – and how they link into so many areas of international relations and human existence – of which global security and geo-political issues are just two examples.
…and dynamic peer learning
Our social life and our learning often merged into one – we’d eat out and talk about our work at the same time, go to the library together and generally be supportive of each other. Our debates weren’t confined to campus – we’d discuss and bounce ideas around in the most unlikely of times and places, such as during the Eurovision song contest.
Sometimes our tutors would join in our social activities - part of what I loved about Brookes was being treated as an equal by the academics. They didn’t patronise or talk down to me but valued my opinions as much as those of their peers. And they really go the extra mile to help you succeed in whatever field interests you – whether it’s securing a particular job, obtaining research funding or other goals and aspirations you might have.”
Mooting provides students with hands-on experience of practising a skill essential to law – the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel or before a judge. It is perhaps the closest experience you will get to working in a court, building up both your oral advocacy and confidence in your abilities.
Oxford Brookes law students are frequent winners of mooting competitions, both nationally and internationally, and our new moot court is great new facility.
The GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) mooting team, Jonathan Goddard and Brendan Brett, won the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition in 2015, competing against thirty-two teams from universities and law schools across the UK. It is the second time in three years that Oxford Brookes has won this prestigious national mooting competition.
Two further GDL students, Nicole Kapu and Duncan Graves, then defeated Northumbria University in the Grand Final of the ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition, which took place in the Royal Courts of Justice.
As a result, the four will take on each other at the Inner Temple in the Magna Carta Moot later in the year.
Graduates of the Brookes Diploma in Law, Matthew Sellwood and Daniele Selmi, won the 2013 Commonwealth mooting competition - in which they presented arguments to the Chief Justices of the Falkland Islands, New Zealand, and Trinidad and Tobago.
As Matthew explains, this gave their career prospects an early boost: “The number of aspirant barristers who have presented in front of a high court judge is minimal. So our experience of doing so to three judges at such a high level goes beyond anything you would normally be able to do.”
Daniele adds: “I agree entirely with Matt. Mooting at that level was a unique and fantastic experience. It was certainly noted at pupillage interviews and it is telling that Matt and I were ultimately successful.”